Taraji P. Henson Did a Photo Shoot With Her ‘Under the Wig’ Cornrows and it Was Fierce

Although cornrows have ancient roots in black culture, they are still not commonly seen as a ‘finished’ look on black women. Taraji P. Henson certainly didn’t view them that way when she showed up for a CR Fashion Book shoot. Her plan was to wear a wig over her intricate protective cornrow style, but the photographer thought otherwise.

I wear wigs a lot, especially for photo shoots. I have this girl Kendra who braids my hair. She braids so intricately, so beautifully. So I’m trying on the clothes and the silk scarf I have on my head slips off, and I say, “Hey, look at my cornrows, aren’t they beautiful?” Bruce Weber is standing there and he goes, “We’ll shoot that.” And I go,“What? We’ll shoot what?” And he says, “We’ll shoot your hair just like that, it’s beautiful.” And part of me was like, No, no, no, NO! This is the hair no one is supposed to see. This is like behind-closed-doors hair. I feel naked. I feel like a plucked chicken…or a wet one. A baby chicken! But Bruce says to me, “It’s not about the hair, it’s your face.” So I just decided to trust the artist’s vision. As an actress that’s what we do. We are vulnerable every time we put our art out there. Underneath that hair is my soul, and it’s me, it’s mine.

The result is a set of gorgeous photos that resonate with the theme of Taraji’s interview — truth and transparency.

That’s how powerful art is. It can turn a hateful person into a loving person. It can turn a racist into a person who loves. Art uncovers the truth. My driving force is the truth. I want to breathe truth into every character no matter how ugly or pretty, whether I agree with them or not. Maybe God just put truth serum in my blood. I can’t lie. I have no mask. The truth will manifest on my face.

Love it! Check out the photos.

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We have to hit this with a Yaas Queen!!!

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Ladies, what are your thoughts?

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27 thoughts on “Taraji P. Henson Did a Photo Shoot With Her ‘Under the Wig’ Cornrows and it Was Fierce

  1. All involved in this photo shoot are brilliant, from the gorgeous cornrows style by Kendra, to the photographer creating magnificent themes within the photo shoot, and Taraji rocking it all!! Everyone made this happen, and hopefully will start a long-lasting trend of rocking natural hair in all styles.

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